Sweet Suite at Home: Digital Showroom of Toys, Games and More

Sweet Suite at Home: Digital Showroom of Toys, Games and More

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If there’s one positive thing that’s come out of this quarantine, it’s that it has brought out the creativity in people. As everything from school and work to travel have been cancelled and events rescheduled, it has been interesting to see how people have learned to adapt and evolve. Amidst the need to accepted refunds for some conferences and cancel hotel reservations, I was cautiously optimistic about Sweet Suite, an event I’ve been attending almost annually since 2009. When the virtual trade show doors opened a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t ready for what was on the other side. It was a digital version of what I’ve come to know and love all these years. Not only did they provide opportunities to connect with the brands, check out new games and toys, but they went so far as to make the avatars look like the brand reps. I would walk up to a booth and could click through to learn more about the company or the items then engage with them via chat or Zoom. Each had their own ways to connect with attendees and it was actually a lot of fun. I wasn’t able to touch and play with items on display, but a box arrived last week with an assortment of what was on virtual display. Here’s some of the things you should keep watch for as you start working on your holiday shopping lists. 

The team at Toy Insider put their creativity to work to showcase new games, toys, crafts and more during Sweet Suite at Home. - SahmReviews.com

Start your shopping list with Board Games

I’m a huge advocate for incorporating board games into everyday life. They’re entertaining, educational and improve social skills. Whether it’s a party game like Hues and Cues for up to 10 players and a variety of ages or one that you can play solo, there’s something out there for everyone. I had the opportunity to chat with Buffalo Games and discuss their new Apollo science-based game and look forward to giving it a try. Pokemon Battle Academy Board Game is another one I’ve heard a lot of buzz about over the past couple of months so it was cool to get the scoop about it. It’s basically a training ground to step players into playing more advanced trading card battle games. Goliath has a variety of games for all ages including some escape room games they’re sending our way to test out.

The team at Toy Insider put their creativity to work to showcase new games, toys, crafts and more during Sweet Suite at Home. - SahmReviews.com

Fill your cart with Blind Bags

Whether you plan to put them inside a stocking or wrap up, be sure to stock up on a variety of blind bags. Appease the kids on your shopping list with their favorite characters from Calico Critters (Epoch) or Scooby-Doo (Playmobil). Bonkers Toy Company offers Trinity and Beyond charms while Moose Toys continues to delight with a variety of figures including their OH! My GIF line. 

The team at Toy Insider put their creativity to work to showcase new games, toys, crafts and more during Sweet Suite at Home. - SahmReviews.com

Incorporate Toys and Games into Learning

Don’t be afraid to let your kids play online by introducing them to edutainment like Adventure Academy.  While they think they’re playing, you’ll know their adventures are tapping into reading comprehension, writing, spelling and language development. You can take learning offline with toys and science kits from Fat Brain Toys. 

The team at Toy Insider put their creativity to work to showcase new games, toys, crafts and more during Sweet Suite at Home. - SahmReviews.com

Can’t go wrong with Crafts, Plush and Puzzles

We’re huge puzzle fanatics so you already know how I feel about getting puzzles as gifts. Whether it’s a colorful Kodak puzzle from Cra-Z-Art or an educational anatomy puzzle, they’re classic offline entertainment. Maybe it’s just me, but timeless entertainment like on-the-go bubbles from Little Kids, Inc. and markers (especially novelty XL poster markers!) are items that every kid should have. I would be remiss if I didn’t say how excited I am that a new generation gets to experience Blue’s Clues. I suspect these will be among the hottest toys this upcoming holiday season primarily due to the nostalgia. And speaking of nostalgia… don’t miss out out the Pound Puppies Newborns and Slinky!

The team at Toy Insider put their creativity to work to showcase new games, toys, crafts and more during Sweet Suite at Home. - SahmReviews.com

Inspire imaginative play with Toys, Playsets and Action Figures

If your kids are fans of Hatchimals, StickBot, Beyblade or Roblox then they’re in for a treat with the assortment of blind back and action sets. Look for these and other product lines from Hasbro, Jazwares, Zing Toys and Spin Master at your local mass merchandiser or save yourself the lines by shopping for them on Amazon. Also check out Gogo Gachas, Secret Crush minis and Playful Pandas, three new (to me) toys that look like a lot of fun!

Sweet Suite at Home wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. I allocated a couple hours to visit the exhibitors, but once I arrived I didn’t want to leave. Whether I was learning about new products from Nintendo or playing online games, I could have spent a couple of days roaming around the digital playground. Be sure to follow along each Friday as The Toy Insider hosts Twitter parties sharing details about many of these products and brands and giving away prizes, too!

What toys and games are on your kids’ wish lists?

Nicole

About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked as an ambassador for brands such as Netflix, U.S. Cellular and K'NEX, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two beautiful teen daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere playing board games.

10 comments on «Sweet Suite at Home: Digital Showroom of Toys, Games and More»

  1. Lauren Bodner says:

    My daughter loves blind bags! I don’t see them going away. I think they will be hot (again) this holiday season.

  2. Mia E. says:

    I am going to say that the Pokémon Battle Game Board will be very popular for the holidays.

  3. SofiaD says:

    Hatchimals are famous among my nephews and cousins, so I see them well taking the “hot” place! 😀

  4. Tony Platz says:

    I think it will be Hatchimals .

  5. Josh Christian says:

    Blind bags are always popular at our house.

  6. Sue E says:

    My granddaughter got an Hatch Animal. She lost interest after two weeks after she “hatched” her animal. Action figures are usually a big hit! So is Pokemon! Pound puppies used to be a favorite of my girls. The Secret Crush minis might be a hit with the girls this holiday season. Just like the Shopkins or Polly Pocket. I am sure that the children will be ecstatic to get any one of these toys!

  7. JEFF L YOUNG says:

    Any Scooby Doo is good Scooby Doo. My son loves all things Scooby.

  8. Debra Branigan says:

    I’m sorry I missed this. It sounds like a lot of fun to check it all out.

  9. Pete Donegan says:

    I gotta go with Pokemon Battle Boardgame as the hot toy. Board games are becoming huge and Pokemon has a massive fanbase

  10. Judy Rittenhouse says:

    Pokeman Battle Games will probably be a huge holiday success!

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